PITTSBURGH POINT MAGAZINE - ATTRACTIONS
ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, Forbes Ave & Grant St. (Downtown). 412-355-5410. Famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson considered this handsome 19th-century courthouse to be his finest work. Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, 117 Sandusky St. (North Side). 412-237-8300. Seven floors of Warhol’s paintings, drawings, sculpture, and archives. Daily films, special exhibitions, shopping, and restaurant.
BENEDUM CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 7th St. (Downtown). 412-456-2600. The renovated 1920’s movie palace that is now home to the PITTSBURGH BALLET, PITTSBURGH OPERA, CIVIC LIGHT OPERA, and DANCE COUNCIL.
CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY, 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland). 412-622-3131. Eminent cultural center featuring a museum of art, museum of natural history, and music hall. Tue.-Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sun. 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.
THE CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, One Allegheny Avenue (North Side). 412-237-3400. The Science Center features more than 250 hands-on exhibits, a World War II submarine, an interactive planetarium, and OMNIMAX® theater. Open Sun.-Fri. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat. till 9:00 PM. Summer Hours: (June 19-Sep. 4) Sun.-Fri. till 6:00 PM.
CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING, the University of Pittsburgh (Oakland). 412-624-6000. Located on a 14-acre quadrangle at Bigelow Blvd., 5th Ave., Bellefield Ave., and Forbes Ave. The 42-story truncated Gothic stone tower is the only skyscraper college building in the nation. The first floor has 20 NATIONALITY CLASSROOMS that are representative of Pittsburgh’s ethnic heritage. Styles range from classical, Byzantine and Romanesque to Renaissance, Tudor, Empire and others.
DUQUESNE INCLINE, between 1220 Grandview Ave. and Carson St. 412-381-1665. This beautifully restored historic incline car climbs Mount Washington to a spectacular view of the downtown skyline. Up top, enjoy a stroll or dine in a nearby restaurant. Built in 1877, the incline is located near the southern end of the Ft. Pitt Bridge on West Carson St. (park across from the waiting room or on Mt. Washington).
FALLINGWATER, P.O. Box R, Mill Run, PA. 724-329-8501. The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Visit the world famous “house on a waterfall” in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Only 1 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh and just off the PA Turnpike. Open April-November. Reservations urged.
FIFTH AVENUE PLACE, between Liberty & Penn Ave. (Downtown). 412-456-7800. The 31-story structure with the pyramidal cap and outstanding mast has a shopping and dining area called THE ARCADE SHOPS.
THE FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER is located on 5.5 elegantly landscaped acres at 7277 Reynolds St. at S. Homewood in Point Breeze. 412-371-0600. The site includes Clayton, the magnificently restored Gilded Age residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, The Cafe at the Frick, Museum Shop, and Greenhouse. Open Tue.-Sun. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Reservations are necessary to tour Clayton.
GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET, 9 Station Square Dock (Downtown). 412-355-7980. Six fabulous riverboats sail the three rivers year ‘round for a unique dining, dancing, and sightseeing experience.
HEINZ FIELD, 100 Art Rooney Avenue (Downtown–North Side). 412-323-1200. Home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers. This 65,000-seat stadium features an open end at the south end zone, which is accented by two towers and a plaza area providing vistas of the Point and Downtown.
HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 600 Penn Ave. (Downtown). 412-392-4900. Home to the PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY. Tours, 412-392-4800.
HEINZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, University of Pittsburgh, Forbes Ave. (Oakland). 412-641-4141. An interfaith chapel in French Gothic style, the Heinz is often compared to Saint Chapelle in Paris. The stained-glass windows depict religious and historical figures.
SENATOR JOHN HEINZ PITTSBURGH REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER, 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District - Downtown). 412-454-6000. A splendid 160,000 square-foot museum and research facility devoted to the history of Western Pennsylvania. Open 10-5 daily.
JUST DUCKY TOURS, The Shops at Station Square (Downtown). 412-402-DUCK(3825). It’s a boat! It’s a truck! It’s a duck! See Pittsburgh by land and water in the same vehicle. Just Ducky Tours operates daily from April through October and weekends in November. Narrated tours are approximately one hour.
MARKET SQUARE, Market St. & Forbes Ave. (Downtown). Once the farmer’s market center, it is now a public square surrounded by restaurants, night spots, shops, and stores. Also, the site of the 40-story PPG Place Tower.
MELLON ARENA, Auditorium Pl. (Downtown). 412-642- 2062. This shiny domed arena is located at the upper end of the Golden Triangle. Home of PITTSBURGH PENGUINS hockey. Seats up to 17,000 under the world’s first and largest retractable steel dome.
MT. WASHINGTON (GRANDVIEW AVENUE VIEW). A panoramic view of the Golden Triangle from overlooks and walkways. It is one of the most dazzling sights to be found anywhere, especially at sunset or night.
NATIONAL AVIARY, Allegheny Commons West (North Side). 412-323-7235 or www.aviary.org. Home to about 600 exotic and endangered birds, including bald eagles, flamingoes, and parrots. Open every day of the year (except Christmas) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Group tours and facility rentals available.
ONE OXFORD CENTRE, Grant & 4th Ave. (Downtown). 412-391-5300. This prestigious 45-story office tower rises above a stunning glass atrium that’s filled with an exciting collection of fine shops and restaurants.
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS, Schenley Park (Oakland-University area). 412-622-6914. Something’s Always Blooming at Phipps! The13-room, Victorian glasshouse features lush tropical palms, orchids, ferns, desert plants, seasonal flower exhibits, and beautiful outdoor gardens. Open Tue.-Thu., Sat. & Sun. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, closed Mon. Visit www.phipps.conservatory.org for more information.
THE PITTSBURGH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 10 Children’s Way (North Side). 412-322-5058. With many exhibits to choose from, visitors can scale the two-story Kid’s Climber, build and launch airplanes from Flying Machines, riddle the Poodle Sphinx, or put on your own puppet show. The new Pecaboo Café serves lunch as well. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sun. noon-5:00 PM. Open Mondays during the summer. Closed on major holidays. www.pittsburghkids.org
PITTSBURGH ZOO & AQUARIUM, Highland Park (East End). 412-665-3640. More than $22-million has been spent in total restoration for one of the finest zoo and aquarium combinations in the country.
PNC PARK, 115 Federal St. (Downtown–North Side). 412-321-BUCS. This 38,127-seat stadium provides in-timate views of the field and is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The park provides a dramatic sweeping view of downtown Pittsburgh. The Allegheny River and Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge also provide prominent landmarks in the ballpark vista.
POINT STATE PARK, 36 acres at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, commemorates the planting of Anglo-Saxon civilization on the American frontier in 1754.
A computer-controlled fountain in the park, fed by a fourth "unknown" river, is a focal point of the Golden Triangle. The water, as pure as a mountain stream, is accented by 24 white and gold lights and reaches heights of more than 150 feet.
Also located at the park is the BLOCKHOUSE, built in 1764. 412-471-1764; and FT. PITT MUSEUM, which focuses on the early history of Western Pennsylvania and the French and Indian War period. 412-281-9284.
PPG PLACE, near Market Square (Downtown). 412-434-1900. www.ppgplace.com A majestic glass and steel, six-building complex located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The complex includes a 41-story skyscraper, an indoor Wintergarden, and a one-acre outdoor Plaza. The Plaza is a tranquil seating area in the warm weather months with tables and plants surrounding a unique water feature. In the winter months, The Plaza is transformed into The Rink, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink. The complex also includes dining, unique eateries, and shopping.
STATION SQUARE, Smithfield & Carson Sts. (Downtown-South Side). 412-281-3145. A must for any visitor to Pittsburgh. Located across the Monongahela River from the Golden Triangle at the end of the Smithfield St. Bridge. Area includes the GRAND CONCOURSE RESTAURANT in the LANDMARKS BUILDING, THE SHOPS AT STATION SQUARE, BESSEMER COURT, and docking for the GATEWAY CLIPPER FLEET.
TRINITY CATHEDRAL, 6th Ave. (Downtown). 412-355-0461. A more than 120-year-old Gothic church with magnificent stained glass windows. Located on the site of an 18th-century burial ground which contained the grave of Red Pole, a Shawnee Indian chief who died at Ft. Pitt in 1797. Free tours Sunday at 11:30 AM; other tours available. Book Store open from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and a Lunch Room is open Mon.-Fri. 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.
U.S. STEEL TOWER, 600 Grant St. (Downtown). Shaped in the form of a triangle and 64 stories high, it is one of the world’s most spectacular skyscrapers. This 841 foot structure has 64 floors of approximately one acre each.
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